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Muriel Gerard

Muriel B. Gerard

Wednesday, January 27th, 1926 - Friday, April 26th, 2019
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Muriel B. Gerard, 93, of Winter Springs, Florida joined her loved ones in heaven on April 26, 2019.

Muriel was born in Throgs Neck, Bronx, New York on January 27, 1926 to Jacob and Catherine Lichtenberger. She was the youngest of seven children, 2 sisters and 4 brothers, all pre-deceased.

At an early age, Muriel took to performing in dance and together with her sister, Beatrice, danced throughout the New York Metropolitan area known as “The Light Sisters”. Muriel began teaching dance while in high school which later became her legacy.

Following her graduation from Aquinas High School in 1943, Muriel worked for her father in the office of Lichtenberger Plumbing & Heating in New York. She also worked for the U.S. Civil Service Commission as a typist and dictaphone operator. She entertained at U.S.O.’s in the New York area for servicemen in World War II, and joined the touring group of the Roxyettes, the forerunners and inspirarion for the Rockettes.

She jointly operated Studio B Dance School with her sister Bea until she married J. Robert “Bob” Bradshaw, June 24, 1950. Once married, Muriel opened Studio B Music and Dance School in New Jersey touching thousands of lives with her many musical talents. She performed in and directed shows for St. Mary’s Church, Dumont, NJ, local temples and schools, and the Bergen County Players in Oradell, NJ. She sang with Ben Intorre Orchestras and coached and judged cheerleading competitions. She also attended school part-time at Bergen Community College and earned her Associates degree in 1985.

Muriel and Bob had seven children, 6 girls and one boy, before she was widowed in March of 1975. She remarried September 4, 1981 to Alvin G. Gerard, who had 2 sons and 2 daughters. She was widowed again when Al passed away in June of 2000.

Following her retirement from teaching music and dance, Muriel and Al moved to Florida in 1988 where she became heavily involved in the church community. She taught in the literacy program through Holy Name of Jesus Church, Indialantic and was the director of many shows and fundraisers. Muriel was also a lector and trained their teen lectors who achieved awards for their oratory skills.

At Holy name of Jesus, and later at St. Stephen’s Catholic Community, Winter Springs she served as a Eucharistic Minister and minister to the sick. She was also a member of the choir at both churches and directed many pageants.

Muriel also entertained by playing the piano and singing at local area nursing homes and senior residences.

She is survived by her seven children: Barbara-Jo Rieck, Joyce Dolan, Debra Powell, Diane Bradshaw, Patricia Bradshaw, Jack Bradshaw and Kathleen Kaine. She is also survived by her four stepchildren: Kenneth Gerard, Gwenn Gilmore, Dr. Eric Grossman and Denise Deissler and a combined total of 26 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
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    Friday, July 5th, 2019 |
    Friday, July 5th, 2019
    St. Stephens Catholic Community Church
    575 Tuskawilla Road
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    A second Funeral Mass will be held at 8:30 am, July 8, 2019 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.
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Donna Swessel

Posted at 12:11pm
To all my cousins, I am so sorry for your loss. Missing your mom and thinking of all of you! Love, Donna

Terry (Theresa) Lynch

Posted at 11:39am
Muriel was the founding Director of HNJ Players at Holy Name of Jesus. She sang in the choir and directed, choreographed and performed in many HNJ productions. She was a true triple threat (singer, dancer and actor), a legend in Brevard community theater, my mentor and my friend. You were always chasing rainbows and now I am sure heaven is putting on quite a show. Rest in Peace Muriel.♡ Prayers and condolences to the entire family. Terry Lynch

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